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The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
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Jan 29, 2008

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I actually haven't finished this book and I don't know if I will. It's a memoir about an incestuous affair between the author and her father. I heard about it years ago and when I came across it in the library recently figured it was good juicy reading--perfect for having just finished my thesis. But it totally creeped me out. It's well written, and the writing saves it from being completely lurid, but it's really disturbing. Plus, I don't really like confessional memoirs, especially self-serious ones like this one--too often they come across as self-indulgent, navel-gazing with literary pretensions.
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